Today were on a health camp – a team of doctors, nurses and volunteers at a Hindu festival where anyone who needed medical care could come see a doctor and get medication for free. We saw lots of interresting cases that you wouldn’t see at home – for instance an old hindu man who put tobaco into a deep cronic wound on his foot in order to keep flies away from flying into it. Here are some pictures of the event.
Random tree at the side of the road
The guru of the hindus preaches about keeping the waters of the river clean. As a ritual they pour milk from 120 cows into the river during the day to keep in clean.
I had my first day at the hospital. Its a private hospital made for the general public of Nepal. By support from funds and organizations it is a lot cheaper than a usual Privat Hospital. I will take part in work of different departments. For now I’m going to stay at radiology taking part in X-ray imaging and evaluating Ultra Sounds as well as CT’s (mostly learning, but also helping out where I can).
Today a drunk man (known alcoholic of the area) was brought into the emergency room. He had a hard time moving around and thought it was because of his, but talking his family into a CT scan, it turned out he had a bleeding (hemorrhage) the size of a Nepali persons knuckle in the back part of his head – it caused numbness in parts of his body.
Its interesting to see, the technological facilities at the hospital is really up to date – for instance the CT-machine is of a very good quality, you never have to wait for computers and in a month or so they will even have an MRI-machine. These one-time investments are made by funds and organizations, but clearly Nepali’s can’t afford the level of hygiene you find at a western hospital. It should be mentioned though, that the most vital things are of course kept in sterile condition and the hospital is still under construction, which that doesn’t make easier to keep a clean environment.
Today I met my host family in Chitwan after a long and bumpy bus trip. My hosts are Krishna Dhakal, his wife Narmali, daughters Nikita (12) and Kritika (7) and son Nikit (3). Everyday morning and evening they have a meal and tea ready for me. Nikita is great at English – her pronunciation is better that her fathers, so her help is often needed.
Finally I’ve arrived in Nepal, right now writing from Hotel Excelsior in Thamel, the tourist centre of Kathmandu.
I was picked up at the airport by Nepali projects abroad staff and brought to the hotel where care & teaching coordinator Waise gave us (2 fellow volunteers and myself) a thorough induction about probably everything we need to know, among them some cultural differences, some of which are quite interesting, say even shocking; in Nepal it’s okay to kick away dogs (though this makes some sense knowing that many of them carry diseases), its normal to see a woman carrying a heavy jar on her head with her husband walking behind her doing nothing, and the use of violence to discipline your children is quite normal (not to say that everyone does this – I wouldn’t know).
After the induction we went out to see the “Monkey Temple” – with the amazing experience of the way taxies drive hastily through the small crowded streets.
There you go – some monkey tower pictures (more to come). Tomorrow I’m off to Chitwan, currently looking very much forward to meeting the family I’m going to live with.
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